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panic

Noun

1 an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety [syn: terror]
2 sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events; "panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"; "a bomb scare led them to evacuate the building" [syn: scare]

Verb

1 be overcome by a sudden fear; "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"
2 cause sudden fear in or fill with sudden panic; "The mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners" [also: panicking, panicked]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From etyl frm panique, from etyl grc πανικός. Pan is the god of woods and fields who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.

Pronunciation

Adjective

  1. In the context of "now|_|rare": Pertaining to the god Pan.
  2. Of fear, fright etc: sudden or overwhelming (attributed by the ancient Greeks to the influence of Pan).
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, Folio Society 2006, vol. 1 pp. 57-8:
      All things were there in a disordered confusion, and in a confused furie, untill such time as by praiers and sacrifices they had appeased the wrath of their Gods. They call it to this day, the Panike terror.

Noun

  1. Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.

Translations

overpowering fright
  • Czech: panika
  • Danish: panik
  • Finnish: paniikki
  • German: Panik
  • Greek: πανικός (panikos)
  • Hungarian: pánik
  • Polish: panika
  • Portuguese: pânico
  • Russian: паника
  • Slovak: panika
  • Swedish: panik

Verb

  1. To feel overwhelming fear.

Translations

to feel overwhelming fear

Related terms

Czech

Noun

  1. male virgin

Slovak

Noun

  1. male virgin

Related terms

Extensive Definition

panic in Bulgarian: Паника
panic in Czech: Panika
panic in Danish: Panik
panic in German: Panik
panic in Spanish: Pánico
panic in French: Peur panique
panic in Ido: Paniko
panic in Indonesian: Panik
panic in Lithuanian: Panika
panic in Hungarian: Pánik
panic in Dutch: Paniek
panic in Japanese: パニック
panic in Norwegian: Panikk
panic in Polish: Panika
panic in Portuguese: Pânico
panic in Russian: Паника
panic in Slovak: Panika
panic in Serbian: Паника
panic in Finnish: Paniikki
panic in Swedish: Panik
panic in Turkish: Panik

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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